Aurora, CO

Heavily used Cherry Creek State Park dog off-leash area to close next week for maintenance

Steven Bonifazi

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Entrance area to the Dog Off Leash Area at Cherry Creek State Park.(Photo courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife)

By Steven Bonifazi

(AURORA, Colo.) A popular location for millions of dog owners, the off-leash area at Cherry Creek State Park will be temporarily closed from Oct. 11 to Oct. 15 so the area can undergo maintenance and enhancement work.

This is the third time the dog off-leash area will be closed, as it was additionally closed in October of last year and for four days in 2019, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. During this closure, park staff and contractors will work on the natural resources and trails to improve access for visitors.

“We are dedicated to being active caretakers of this highly valued public land,” said Park Manager Jason Trujillo. “It has gotten to the point where it is so busy down there we can’t get any work done without interrupting the experiences of visitors and this maintenance work cannot be conducted safely while the area is open.”

The dog off-leash area has continued to experience high visitation and use this year, as the dog park provides a great way to relieve stress. Improvements coming this year include added concrete to improve access from the parking lot to the dog off-leash area, temporary fencing to allow reseeding of native grasses, resurfacing of trails, restriping of the parking lot and a new message board located at the entrance station.

Trail work will include contractors adding gravel to the trail to elevate it and help with erosion control. Staff from the park typically work on major maintenance twice a year with one being in the fall and the other being in the spring.

“It is hard to have a sustainable resource when it is so heavily used,” said Trujillo. “The work we are doing will be a balance of resource protection and additional improvements. We appreciate the patience of our visitors during the brief period the dog off-leash area will close.”

For more information regarding the closure, including volunteering, call 303-766-6562.

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